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Fairy Shrimp

Anostraca

Description:

Any ideas on what this might be? It had gills of some sort?

Habitat:

Found in a little pond

Notes:

So, would this go under the "fish" category?

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6 Comments

TeresaBurke
TeresaBurke 9 years ago

Thank you, John. :)

John G. Phillips
John G. Phillips 9 years ago

You should classify it under invertebrates, since it is an arthropod, not a fish.

TeresaBurke
TeresaBurke 9 years ago

Done. :)

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Great spot Teresa!
Now that you know the species please could you also add the scientific name & a reference link so this can come off the "unknowns" list, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anostraca Thanks!

TeresaBurke
TeresaBurke 9 years ago

Clement- You rock! You totally made my night. After researching in the right direction, these actually look like fairy shrimp, fresh water version of brine shrimp. :) It all makes sense now!! Thank you!!!

ClementDufour
ClementDufour 9 years ago

what youve got here is a type of brine shrimp. they spend their whole life swimming on their backs and feed on plankton. These are also sold as pet "sea monkeys"

TeresaBurke
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TeresaBurke

South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Mar 26, 2012
Submitted on Mar 26, 2012

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